MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Turnout in the Eastern Panhandle for the special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Robert C. Byrd could be high, based on the number of ballots cast Friday on the first day of early voting.
The number of ballots cast in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties easily surpassed the first day early-voting tallies for the primary election this year, voting officials reported.
By 4:45 p.m., 160 ballots were cast in Berkeley County, 100 more than on April 21, according to Deputy County Clerk Bonnie Woodfall.
"We're very impressed ... I'm glad to see the people come out," Woodfall said.
Early voting continues today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The special election will be Aug. 28.